Feeling The Thirst For Change

Film Recommendation

Last Call At The Oasis (2012)

A Finite Resource

A powerful documentary film that highlights our current disregard for life’s precious resource, fresh water. Despite being in limited supply, it’s consumed as though it isn’t. The filmmakers are encouraging viewers to reconsider our outlook on water.

We need the stuff, but we’re using it up like crazy and dumping all kinds of nastiness into it. It really is bad management. Unless we change in time, future generations will suffer the dangerous consequences.

Las Vegas, A Shining Oasis in the Desert.
Las Vegas is surprisingly efficient when it comes to water consumption.

Draining The Oasis Dry

In fact, the results aren’t exclusively paid to the future. People are already experiencing the effects of awful water management. One glaring example of the limited nature of fresh water source is The Colorado River. It’s a necessary source of water to millions, yet it is being depleted at an alarming rate.

The culprit isn’t what you’d expect. Despite Las Vegas’ extravagant appearance, its surprisingly water efficient! Rather, it’s all the suburban homes with grass lawns, or agricultural operations that are growing water intensive crops in arid conditions. We’re clearly doing it wrong. Thankfully, there are actions we can take to become more sustainable in our water use.

Image of Singapore Merlion.
Click for 5 Sustainability Wins From Singapore.

We Can Do Better

There are some obvious changes to be made in order to diminish rampant water consumption. These include growing and maintaining indigenous lawns and agriculture. It really doesn’t make sense to continue growing water-intensive species in arid climates. Find their local alternatives.

Recycling water is another big win. As demonstrated by Singapore, communities can leverage both rain water as well as sewage water. Yes, sewage water! Sounds intense, but really that’s how water works. All water is recycled after all…

Jack Black in Porcelain Springs

Jack Black acts out his experience with recyled water.
For more solution ideas, check out “8 Affordable Water Solutions for California,” put forth by the Planning and Conservation League (PCL).

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